Employment and Labour
The Firm advises on all aspects of employment law ranging from the creation of the employment relationship, the attendant rights and obligations during the continuance of such relationship and upon the termination of same. Services offered during each of these phases include advising on contractual terms of employment, workplace rules and practices, good industrial relations practice, health and safety duties, the conduct of disciplinary procedures (up to and including dismissal), retrenchment and severance as well as termination and transfer arrangements made necessary due to merger, acquisition or divestment.
The Firm's clients in this area include employers across multiple segments of the business community ranging from financial institutions, oil and gas companies, operators of industrial undertakings and various other domestic clients. Trade unions and employees are also clients.
This practice area regularly involves the preparation of employment contracts and the provision of advice on the preparation and effective implementation of various labour related policies (including drug and alcohol policies). The practitioners in this area also have extensive experience in advising clients on the applicable rights, duties and liabilities at common law and also under the Industrial Relations Act, the Retrenchment and Severance Benefits Act and other labour related legislation. Advising on contentious litigation proceedings between employers and employees before the local Industrial Court is also an integral part of this practice area.